It Takes Us ALL to Change the World

I am so blessed to work for a hospital that was founded by the Sisters of Mercy. So it is not only a hospital, but also an amazing faith-based community. Every day, our hospital president emails daily reflections like the one below to the entire team. Today’s reflection is so powerful, I thought I would pass it on….

Change the World Around You by Pastor Kenny Kuykendall

Whether you realize it or not, you have “it”.   

It may not be with a large circle of people or on a decorated platform, but it is there.

It may not be evident among the masses or recognizable among the elite but it looms in the shadows of your day to day activities.

It is called influence, and you have more of it than you think.

In his book Spiritual Influence, Mel Lawrenz incisively states, “God uses millions of no-name influencers every day in the simplest selfless acts of service. They are the teachers whose names will never be in the newspaper, pastors who will never author a book, managers who will never be profiled in a magazine, artists whose work is buried in layers of collaboration, writers whose sphere of influence is a few dozen people who read their blogs. But they are the army that makes things happen. To them devotion is its own reward. For them influence is a continual act of giving, nothing more complicated than that.”

You don’t have to become a house-hold name to change the house.

You don’t have to have your name out on the marquee to change the marquee.

People doing small things change the world.

Recognize your sphere of influence, regardless of its size, and do something to make a difference.

It’s time to bravely move BEYOND what we see….

We collectively gasp at yet another news blast of what we thought was a success story ending in tragic pain.

And…. where one well-known story ends, thousands more slip quietly into the dark night of despair.

All the while…. we smile for another selfie while masking our own pain.

As one who has literally been talked off the ledge of life more than once, I now stand on that same ledge and shout, “This has to end now!”

I’m not talking about ending in yet another tragedy. Rather, let’s write a different story by shining the light of transparency and authenticity on our pain so true healing has a fighting chance.

Let’s say “goodbye” to building a life of lies through social media fronts or pious religious displays of fake faith and strength.

Let’s be real even if it means letting others know we’re really hurting. And let’s be present for each other beyond a few “likes” on social media.

Let’s stop play-acting and heal together.

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When I Pray to Build My House of Cards….

Connection with my Maker is a greater treasure than requests checked off my prayer list.

While I busily tell God how He should fix things, He patiently whispers to my soul, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

Whose kingdom am I trying the build anyway? Mine or His? Maybe it’s not always such a bad thing when our card houses crumble so we have to move into the dwelling place of our King.